A man who had more than 1000 pornographic images and videos of his stepdaughter, including some taken with a hidden bathroom camera, has been jailed for at least four years.
The 46-year-old man pleaded guilty in the South Australian District Court to a string of offences including producing child pornography, causing a child to expose part of her body and indecent assault.
The offences, which occurred in rural South Australia when the terrified girl was aged between 14 and 16, were discovered when his partner was putting clothes away in one of his drawers.
She discovered the camera containing photos of her daughter and contacted police.
In jailing the man for six years on Wednesday, Judge Simon Stretton said the offences were very serious and had plainly traumatised the victim, whom the man should have been protecting rather than exploiting.
‘‘You were in a position of trust and authority in relation to the victim, there was a very significant age disparity, and the offending variously continued over a period of time,’’ the judge said.
When spoken to by police, the man immediately admitted to the offences, saying he was ashamed of what he had done.
‘‘Subsequent analysis of your electronic devices located over 1000 images and 40 videos of the victim, 38 videos seemingly taken by your hidden bathroom camera.’’
He noted that the man himself was abused after being placed into care with Boystown, south of Sydney, at age 11.